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Santa Monica 1950 - Don Ward comments

The Trad-Dance-Callers listserv in 2008 had a discussion that touched on the Santa Monica dance. Don Ward was a participant in that event and he shared a few memories with the group.

Squaredance music - Don Ward website

Don Ward is a longtime square dance caller and record collector. His Podbean website features examples from his collection; in many cases, he has digitized original 78 rpm records and has cleaned up the audio files, removing scratches and pops, to give listeners a very clean sound of some classic recordings. His site also draws from a wide variety…

Don Armstrong - progressive squares

Don Armstrong calls a tip that moves dancers from one square to another. At the start of the clip, he alerts dances how this will be done and warns them that when they reach the outside of the hall they will need to do a frontier twirl / California twirl to face back in again. Apparently, some of the dancers missed that information, as you hear him…

In My Adobe Hacienda - Don and Marie Armstrong

Recorded live, Don and Marie Armstrong call a singing square. The tune was recorded by such country artists as Hank Snow, Gene Autry, and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

Trail of the Lonesome Pine - Don & Marie Armstrong

Don and Marie Armstrong call Trail of the Lonesome Pine. Recorded live at the Downeast Western Square Dance Club in Kittery, Maine.A clip of Don's commercial recording of this dance can be found here, and a search on this website will reveal additional examples:* Video, called by Bill Litchman at Dare To Be Square, Brasstown, NC* Video, called by…

Doc Alumbaugh - styling

Alumbaugh's "Styling Suggestion for Square Dancing" is a systematic approach to what he sees as the five components:
• Poise
• Bearing
• Rhythm
• Timing
• Local Mannerisms

The author quickly acknowledges that there are different local styles; his aim is to present the style of southern California and to encourage other callers to…

Square Dance Lessons - Doc Alumbaugh

A series of photographs with text illustrating basic square dance figures. This set, incomplete at the moment, appeared in a Rochester, New York, newspaper in 1950; Alumbaugh led a series of well-attended square dance classes in southern California in the mid and late 1940s. This geographical spread indicates the burgeoning appeal of square dance…

Doc Alumbaugh speaking to Al Brundage, 1957

Doc Alumbaugh, based in southern California, was one of the first traveling callers. In 1950, he founded Windsor Records, which became one of the foremost square dance record labels. (In addition to hiring excellent session musicians, Windsor introduced the idea of releasing a record with calls on one side and just the instrumental version on the…

Silver Bell (clip) - Dick Leger

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Patter Call - Dick Jones

This is a short clip of Dick Jones calling a patter call at a dance in 1970 at the Bay Path Barn in Boylston, Massachusetts

Dick Jones - Patter, 1970

This hash routine is based on pretty standard (for 1970) Goal Post choreography. The final break uses the call Catch All Eight which was quite common at that time.

Oldest Square Dance Club?

Pictured above, taken when the Kilowatt Eights danced at the PSC Garage from 1939-1942, (L to R): Andy Anderson-Violin & Bass, Stew Clark-Banjo, Russ Levine-Piano, Jim Cook-Violin, Tom Parfet-Drums, George Boles-Violin, Joe Lang-Caller.American Square Dance magazine conducted a search for the oldest square dance club. This is the article…

Square dance publications

This website contains numerous examples of the many square dance publications — newsletters, journals, magazines— that have been created over the years. (See Items 1033 – 1073 for examples.) There are of course far more than those; the Square Dance Foundation of New England has one large collection; eventually, it is anticipated that these…

It's a Small World - Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie

Dee Dee Dougherty-Lottie calling a singing call from a live-recording tape made at a dance in the early years of the 21st Century.

Square Dance Resource Net

This is an extraordinarily rich and detailed website, filled with information of interest to anyone with a serious interest in square dance. The emphasis is on modern rather than traditional squares, but even the traditional caller will find useful information. The site is built around a detailed series of databases that provide information about…

Square Dance Radio Network

This weekly show focuses on modern square dancing, and is hosted by Dayle Hodge and Barb Jarvis. They describe their mission thus: "The Square Dance Radio Network provides entertaining and educational audio programming to promote and maintain the square dance activity. We offer programming of common interest and general support to dancers, callers,…

Dave Taylor - Patter, 1965

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